Palau receives Guardian-class patrol boat from Australia

The PSS President HI Remeliik II at Austal's yard in Western Australia. Photo c/ Wikipedia.

The Government of the Republic of Palau has received a new Guardian-class patrol boat donated by the Government of Australia.

The patrol boat, which was named PSS President HI Remeliik II, was accepted by Palau Marine Law Enforcement Commanding Officer Lt.Cdr. Emerson Nobuo during ceremonies held in Henderson, Western Australia, with Australian Minister of Defence Linda Reynolds. 

Assistant Defence Minister and Minister for International Development and the Pacific Alex Hawke, and Minister for Defence Industry Melissas Price were also present.

This is part of Australia’s Pacific Maritime Security Program, which provided similar boats to several Pacific island nations and partners to deepen its relations and assist in securing their maritime borders.

Minister Reynolds said, "Australia and Palau have worked closely to prepare for the delivery of the new vessel, which represents a significant boost to Palau's maritime capability and to the region's maritime security." 

The PSS President HI Remeliik II is the seventh Guardian-class patrol boat delivered by Australian shipbuilder Austal under the program. It would be replacing an older patrol boat, the Pacific-class patrol boat PSS President HI Remeliik which was also provided by Australia in 1996.

Aside from building up the maritime capability of recipient countries, the program also helps in supporting 400 direct and indirect Australian jobs.

[1] Australian Department of Defence

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  1. We are waiting for the 6 OPV for the Philippine Navy which will be build in Cebu by AUSTAL, HOPE this project will push through in the near future because of threats coming from China, IRONICALLY President Duterte are not yet sign the contract and worst of all it might be shelve until the HORIZON 3 project, this President is doing DAMAGE to the MODERNIZATION of the AFP because of his stand towards China, which he always saying he do want to RISK a nuclear war with China, what a DEFEATIST attitude he has, I'm a former supporter of this Presidency but LATELY I already lost my appetite.